Questions tagged [singular-vs-plural]

For questions about the difference between singular and plural forms of a word; when they should be used, or the difference between them.

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“take the form of direct attacks” VS “take the form of direct attack”

This sentence comes from a GRE prep course: As the creation of new knowledge through science has become institutionalized, resistance to innovation has become less aggreesive, taking the form ...
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“science” VS “sciences”

Superficial differences between the special problems and techniques of the physical sciences and those of the biological sciences are sometimes cited as evidence for the autonomy of biology and for ...
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“oil” VS “oils” [duplicate]

Today’s hair care products, typically shampoos, usually incorporate natural oil for better smoothness. Today’s hair care products, typically shampoos, usually incorporate natural oils for better ...
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Are some schools teaching “They” as genderless singular?

I've read this article in The Atlantic saying that in English schools in Europe, teachers have started teaching pupils the new "they" used as a gender-neutral or genderless singular he/she/it. They ...
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Any “singular/plural” Vs “a”

should I use any with singular or plural nouns in the following context? And can I use a instead? If you have any complaints with respect to any programme(s) on this channel, please inform us. If you ...
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Which way is correct to say “technologies websites” or “technology websites” and why?

Which way is correct to say "technologies websites" or "technology websites" and why? By a technology website I mean a website that contains some information about technologies
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…, on the other hand,

Is it a correct way to say Me, on the other hand, was/were feeling increasingly uneasy. Are highlighted words used here correctly?
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Plural or singular use in combination with a list

I quite often see constructions like The mean value of A, B, and C is 1, 2, and 3, respectively. I would expect it to be rather The mean values of A, B, and C are 1, 2, and 3, respectively. ...
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grammatical number: no + plural or singular nouns?

I'm considering whether to use singular or plural nouns in the following: John has no wife / wives. John has no child / children. There is no winner or loser in life. There are no winners ...
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“Is X and Y the exact same thing?” or “Are X and Y the exact same things?”

Which one is more correct grammatically speaking in English? a) Is X and Y the exact same thing? b) Are X and Y the exact same things? c) Are X and Y the exact same thing? Please state ...
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“oil reserves” VS “oil reserve”

The Persian Gulf has 65 percent of the world's oil reserves. Is it because there are many reserves on earth that the plural form of reserve is used?
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“fertilizers” or “fertilizer”

xxx company also makes fertilizer to help feed the world’s growing population. Though the operation may produce a wide range of fertilizers, why the singular form of fertilizer is used here?
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'profits & losses' or 'profit & loss'

We work in a decentralized organization, where each Product Area sets its strategy and is responsible for its profit & loss. We work in a decentralized organization, where each Product Area sets ...
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Plural or Singular: “a return on investment” or “returns on investment”

Often, they can’t precisely see what to do with the data to get a return on investment. Often they can’t precisely see what to do with the data to get returns on investment. I have thought an ...
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When is “dress” a mass noun?

I find the singular/uncountable usage of "dress" strange in this sentence. Expansive skirts on fashionable dress of the period proved the perfect blank canvas to showcase chintzes lush with ...
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plural or not: 'the incidences of' VS 'the incidence of'

The incidences of limb loss are increasing and as a consequence also the need for prosthetic devices. The incidence of limb loss is increasing and as a consequence also the need for prosthetic ...
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'Is' or 'Are' following 'aesthetics'?

Aesthetics are also very important to the roof of a house. Aesthetics is also very important to the roof of a house. Is aesthecics plural? And which one is right here?
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Custom question lists is available for testing - why?

There is a Meta SE post title Custom question lists is available for testing Maybe my question is stupid, but why is it correct? Why not "Custom question lists are available for testing"?
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How do I describe plural things I saw?

Which of these is correct? All I saw was flashes of lightning All I saw were flashes of lightning
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'Plural' or 'the + single': 'challenges the installer faces' VS 'challenges installers faces'

We know what materials and technologies work for various applications, and what challenges the installer faces. We know what materials and technologies work for various applications, and what ...
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Is “government” singular or plural?

Is the word "government" singular or plural? My grammar book tells me government is plural. And if you search on the web, it is not so unusual to be confused. So which of the following two sentences ...
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plural or single objects following 'the requirements of…”?

I want to know more about the end of this sentence: Whether it’s a cow or a goat that’s producing the milk, we can provide a suitable solution that meets the requirements of the customer, the ...
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“6-foot tall” or “6-feet tall”?

I have heard/seen people say/write "She is 5 feet 10 inches tall" and "She is 5-foot-10." But in formal writing, is there a convention? I found both "8-foot-tall" and "nine-feet tall" in online ...
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Use of Article + Plural

I always find the use of article confusing. Also should "industry" be in plural? Which one is correct below? I have worked in the banking and the engineering industry. I have worked in the banking ...
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plural or singular after “what”: “What movie(s) do you want to watch?” asked Ella

What movie do you want to watch?" asked Ella. What movies do you want to watch?" asked Ella. Which one is good?
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But despite the dangers, the number of cyclists who take up cycling seriously ( has or have) steadily increased

The injury and death toll among cyclists and their pillion riders increased from 376 in 2005 to 507 last year. But despite the dangers, the number of cyclists who take up cycling seriously (has or ...
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Do native speakers pronounce 's' for the word 'corps'?

My dictionary lists the pronunciation of corps as [kɔːʳ], [kɔrz]. So, I am wondering if native speakers really pronounce the s sound?
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Plural Usage- 10 Travelers Who Bought A One-Way Ticket And Began A New Life

I came across this title today 10 Travelers Who Bought A One-Way Ticket And Began A New Life I was confused about the usage of singular nouns "a one-way ticket" and "a new life" as the subject is ...
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' a brazen woman like you ' or 'brazen women like you'

1) I really cannot imagine how a brazen woman like you has the courage to live; 2) I really cannot imagine how brazen women like you have the courage to live. Should I use the singular “a brazen ...
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“You as the parent is aware” versus “you as the parent are aware”

Which sentence is correct? You as the parent are aware of this letter. You as the parent is aware of this letter. Should I use the first sentence because of you, although parent is a singular ...
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College of Science or College of Sciences

I want to issue a certificate for a college. But, I am confused whether to write college of science or college of sciences. Should science be in singular or plural form? Best regards, Khalif
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“The farthest reach” or “the farthest reaches”?

I heard on TV (an American science program, forgot the name of the program): We will venture out into the farthest reaches of the cosmos. It makes me wonder if/when the noun "reach" is a count ...
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4% of people was/were [duplicate]

What is grammatically correct: saying “4% of people was classified as introverts”. Or saying 4% of people were identified as introverts. The context is that I’m reporting the results of a ...
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Why need “any of” in “The fingers are any of the digits of the hand”?

The fingers are any of the digits of the hand, .... I saw the sentence from here. In my view, the sentence should be written as: The fingers are the digits of the hand,... It's because any ...
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What is the correct use of a plural term and 'alignment'

While writing a technical document; me and my colleague argued over the correct pluralisation within a sentence using the term 'alignment'. The original was: "The address must have 16 byte ...
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90% of people have a smartphone or smartphones?

This is my sentence: 90% of people age 18 or under have a smartphone. My questions: I know with 90% you gotta use have. But do I use a smartphone or smartphones. I heard a like of people say it ...
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The set of steps include[s]

Should the verb be plural or singular in a sentence "The set of steps include[s] ...". Because set is something that can include something else, it feels to me that it should be includes, but since my ...
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Is it correct to say “0 hours”?

Spanish uses the singular to refer to one and the plural to refer more than one or zero of something. Is the same for material things and other abstract concepts, for example, time measures: hours, ...
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Parent and parents which one is appropriate in following context? [closed]

A: Sons of the same parent are called brothers. B: Sons of the same parents are called brothers. Which one is correct?
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number - All of these words … are / is to express?

Should the plural are or singular is be used in the following? All of these words in me are / is to express how much I love you. I think only are works, but I saw an ad that used is in this ...
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Singular and plural sentence

I saw a goose and a duck at the pond (singular) We saw geese and ducks at the pond (plural) Is the plural version correct? Specifically, what about the pond? Is it also have to change in plural ...
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singular or plural (team) [duplicate]

At the end of the season, the team, regardless of whether they win the championship, are splitting up. I thought this was perfectly fine, although perhaps saying "the team members" would have been ...
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talent or talents?

In the sentence below, Tucker's talent in chess and weight lifting, two of our school's most popular teams, proves his mental and physical strength. shouldn't it be "talents", not "talent", since ...
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using is vs are [closed]

Should I say: The core of async programming are the Task and Task<T> objects. or The core of async programming is the Task and Task<T> objects. Is it correct to use is?
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Using 'Do' or 'Does' in the sentence below?

in the sentence: The chart signs (A-G) are matched with the map signs and so 'do or does' the color map? must we use do or does?
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Is it correct to use “both of us” after a “you guys”?

In a youtube video, I heard the following sentence, addressed to the audience: I'm telling everything to you guys, I think it's better for the both of us This sentence seemed very weird to me, ...
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“I understood no words he said” vs “I understood no word he said”

My main question is: Can the singular forms and plural forms be used interchangeably after the word "no"? For example, are these sentences interchangeable? 1) "I understood no words he said." ...
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How to use “contribution” and “contributions”

How do I know whether I should use the singular or plural form of contribution? I did an exercise. The …………… of artists could not be exaggerated. The answer is contribution. Why didn't it use the ...
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matching the verb form with complicated subjects

I recently came across a sentence: The second class of disparates have more to do with the particular foibles of the aperture involved. Here, the verb is in plural form, I guess, in relation to ...
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Using plurals of scientific words regarding events

Mostly people say "too much apoptosis can lead to cancer" or "too much photosynthesis". However would it be wrong to say "many apoptoses" or "too many a apotosis" or "too many apoptoses"? The first ...